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What does everyone think

Posted: 15/09/2013 at 22:04

You've got the strata on all the stone running the same way which is always a good start.  You've also done a good job in hiding the hose up from the pump.  Because it is so new all the elements look very stark but that will soften with time.

The waterfall, being so different in colour to the natural stone around it, does stick out like a sore thumb at the moment.  Hopefully, once the planting develops it will soften the lines and grow into the waterfall and the colour differences won't be so obvious.

You have clearly put a lot of effort into the project.

Gardeners world

Posted: 15/09/2013 at 19:56

I'm glad it wasn't just me who was underwhelmed by Friday's programme.  I normally love GW but this one did absolutely nothing for me.

Garden hose

Posted: 14/09/2013 at 22:52

If that's all you need can't you scrounge it from friends / neighbours / work colleagues?

HELP - subsiding bank

Posted: 14/09/2013 at 14:00

If it has already started to subside I doubt shrubs will be able to stop it.  They take time to establish and create a decent root spread in order to have any effect.


Posted: 13/09/2013 at 18:22

When we moved into our house the vegetable plot was smothered in bindweed.  I dug the entire area by hand, lifting each spadeful and crumbling it by hand to get out all the root.  It worked too!

I certainly wouldn't want to repeat the exercise now, 25 years later.  I would definitely go the weed killer route, but I was much more foolish then.

Magical raindrops

Posted: 13/09/2013 at 18:18

I got some very funny looks at work when I said I was pleased to see rain!  We had new turf laid earlier in the year and I gave it an autumn feed on Tuesday.  Thursday it rained.  Somebody likes me

Moans about GW

Posted: 12/09/2013 at 21:25

Being a born again gardener I enjoy both programmes.  I love the laid back attitude of Beechgrove and the accents, which remind me so much of the areas where I spent the happiest times of my childhood.

Designing a Garden Centre from scratch

Posted: 11/09/2013 at 18:50

I went to our local Blooms last weekend to get some flower pots - they didn't have any.  Wrong time of the year apparently!

I got some in Homebase - says it all really

Gardening Books

Posted: 11/09/2013 at 18:48

The RHS does a range of books, published by Dorling Kindersley.  They cost a tenner each but they're extremely informative.  Titles like "Plants for Places", "Gardening Month by Month", "Plants for Seasons".

Available from all good bookshops.  They are small too, although quite thick.  They will fit in the pocket of a fleece or jacket.  Great to take around with you at garden centres.

Designing a Garden Centre from scratch

Posted: 10/09/2013 at 21:58

Good quality plants at sensible prices is the bottom line for me. Knowledgeable, friendly staff.  Lots of information about the plants.

We were at a large garden centre recently, arrived just after it opened on a Sunday morning and the staff were busy dead heading plants - that's a sign that they care about what they're selling. 

I've been to far too many garden centres of late which are really no more than box shifters and staff have little knowledge and even less interest in what they are selling.  Plants which were too far gone even for the compost heap left for sale etc.

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